While I’m trying not to focus too much on Civil War history, it is hard not to when the 5K course loops through a confederate cemetery.
The family-friendly charity event in the historic Spotsylvania Courthouse area benefited the local youth soccer association. The relatively flat course made for a quick and easy run. About halfway through, the route took a right down a gravel road that led to the cemetery.
Four very bloody civil war battles were fought in Spotsylvania County, accounting for more than 100,000 casualties. The casualties included Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Wounds caused by friendly fire during in the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville led to his death. Union General John Sedgwick was killed by a sniper in the 1864 Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse.
But the history of the county begins much earlier than the Civil War. It was established in 1721. It was home to the first successful iron works in North America. There was an attempted slave rebellion in 1815. Kunta Kinte, the main character in Alex Hailey’s Roots, is based on a man who lived on a plantation in the county.
Today, Spotsylvania is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. In addition to farming and other industries, it is home to Washington, D.C., commuters. It is about 50 miles south of the city. The historic Courthouse area has a population of about 4,000.
Nine runs down – 125 to go.
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